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Subject: Solid tuning
Hey jboyaquar, thanks for confirming the length of the tuning before not just the 1st but also the second set. Both are awesome and well worth the price of admission alone. Other highlights include the Shakedown, We can Run SOTM. Good sound, worth a listen (what 89 show isn't right J Boy?!). PEACE!
Subject: missed this one
wow get this one ,if for nothing else but the Shakedown.This show has some really hot moments.
Shamo Ando -
Subject: Chicago Shakedown's
I just read that the shakedown opener was a bomb for the location, but I will explain that like New York and L.A. there are infamous streets and sections of streets in Chicago know for all sorts of wierd thinks happening in the not so distant past. I mean, Dillinger was finally killed there. Then there's Rush Street, and "if I could tell you about all that went down, it'd probally burn off both of your ears." As far as the show, not perfect but tons of fun as seems the case for 1989. My favorite year of all.
Subject: Good solid show
Overall: Good recording. After a couple of mediocre nights in the heartland, this picks things back up a little with some higher energy from the whole band (Brent had high energy back in Louisville, but he was kind of alone on that).
The scene: these were my first Chicago area shows. Things outside were cold and cloudy, and I don't remember there being much of a "lot scene" at these shows, but maybe it was just late in the tour and I was trying to stay away from any of the nonsense. The venue was pretty nice, with some spacious hallways for dancing. I don't remember much else really.
The music: great first set. A bit like the Pittsburg first night, but not quite as good as that. The jam after Crazy is too short for my taste (only about a minute). The Playing jam has some quality moments to it though. Everything else is good, but nothing too outstanding.
Subject: Good show
Crazy>Playin>Terrapin really made the 2nd set for me. I've always really liked 'We Can Run', and this is a great version, Brent sounds a lot younger than usual. I have liked to see something besides U.S. Blues for an encore, but overall, it was a grat show.
Subject: Here comes the sun...
I peeked over the Horizon!
Subject: I'll be there Sunday for...
1st Set: After about 80 seconds of "Tuning" we're sent to shifty, "Shakedown." What a bomb to open up the three night stand at the Horizon in North Western suburbs of Chicago. Thrilling goosebumps and all. The opening few minutes are festive with a solid underpinning balancing the funk and rhythm. Mid-way through the thirteen minute version Jerry's head-bobbingly wah-wah'ing it. In the later stages it opens us to a quieter more synth spectral. Vocal reprise at 11:23. A slightly tepid but brooding "Rooster" follows. Guess what? "U ain't shit to" Brent. "FOTD" is also rather somber. My goodness, I did not feel as if the opening number hinted at any moody darkness, but the show's certainly taken a grim turn these past couple of numbers, and now "Victim." A solid version with the drummers pounding the imminent doom into our heads. If not thunderous, then everyone is at least listening to one another. Thoughtful. Actually not, cause they're throwing a "Built" our way. It's cleanly played even if Jerry's voice isn't top notch tonight. Well, since it appears to be a night of abject lessons...and new tunes (third in a row,)"We Can Run" but we certainly cannot hide... :( "Mobile Blues" is undeniably the right call. Steadily consistent but not over the top. Thank goodness for "Deal" instead of some blow-off 'Ease.' Once Jerry is unburdened by singing he picks up his game leading to an instigative rocker.
2nd Set: 213 seconds of "Tuning" strongly hint at a "Samson," and whaddya know? Although the action picks up half-way through it should have busted out of the gate with a stronger impact. "Crazy" hits home, a sad poignant reflection on the glorified days of a previous relationship. This version sounds mature and worthy. The high level of fluidity impresses all thoughout a nine minute "Playin." It smoothly segues into a lyrical gaffe prone but chill "Terrapin." Jerry is croaking but the band is doing a very fine job holding down the fort. the Rhythm Devils place their imprint on the show with a forceful "Drums" while "Space" contains many investigations into the unknown. Arena rock is in full mode with "Gimme." A direct "Standing" plea by Jerry touches my heart... oy oy oy. A measured, funkier than usual "Throwing" follows. Brent's color is unpredictable and welcome. Surging and excitable, but always held in control. "NFA" features Brent and Jer riffing nicely together. Never combustible but a reassuring one. The crowd chants fully for 90 seconds whereas it's divided between cheers and chants for the other 121 seconds before the boys are back on with...
I'd rather have something touching than twisting but the loose "US Blues" suffices.
3 1/4 stars
Subject: 4 star Dead
I remember this show vividly. The second set is awesome! the Crazy>Playin>Terrapin is sick! Being able to listen to the Matrix Mix with a little crowd mixed in is superb to get the vibe of the crowd at this show. The energy was high both in the crowd and onstage. IMHO, all three of these shows were probably the most solid run the Dead ever gave at the Rosemont(not considering the 12-6-81 Rosemont show). 88 was good, 93 & 94 were good, but these shows rocked hard. At the time I remember people were kind of bummed about all the new songs being played, as well as some of the 'stock' backstretches with Gimme Some Lovin, Throwin>NFA's, etc.. as well as the Fantasy>Jude (which reared it's head here on the last night). No complaints here! Boy, what I wouldn't give to go back and do it all again!
Subject: what the greatful dead are about+
This is one of the best concerts I have recorded, and I have over 400. The instramentals may be a little week, but the vocals are right on. We Can Run, Standing On The Moon, and Throwing Stones are fantastic. The entire show is one all deadheads should have before it becomes a "for sales show'. I wish I could get my system to get the volumn generated at the show. But if I did, the police would show up.
A must show for every dead head.
Subject: ahh memories...
Iwas at this three show run in chicago. i was 18 and having a blast. This is the night I had balcony seats, way back on Jerry's side flying solo as I made my way to my seat and discovered to my utter amazement...a giant stack of speakers right where my seats were to be. after scratching my head for a few a usher came by asking if I was to be sitting there and if so they had us "taken care of". Oh boy. Front row of the mezz. center stage. And to see my buddy down on the floor with his miracle I'll never forget this one. OH yeah, the show was great too. some excitement there. listen and enjoy
Subject: Another nice one from this tour...
I saw most of this tour, although I missed this night...too bad. The boys were playing well at the time, and this show was no exception. Once again The Archive comes through!
Nice, well rounded song selection...nothing wowing, but solid renditions of Shakedown, Terrapin and Crazy Fingers. A nice Victim as well... Rippin' Deal.
I have only listened through earbuds...so take this with a slight grain of salt...but the sound seems very good, and the levels are good.